In an interview with CNN Monday, former FBI general counsel Jim Baker said that it doesn’t fit in President Donald Trump’s narrative that Ivanka knew and met with Christopher Steele at Trump Tower years ago, so he simply ignored it.
It was revealed Monday that Steele was favorably disposed to Trump and his family due to his relationship with Ivanka. But the facts didn’t follow the story that Trump had crafted to attack the notorious dossier. The FBI’s inspector general report found that Steele was not biased against Trump when he began working on an opposition research document based on his contacts in Russia, where he served as MI6’s top intelligence officer.
Cuomo mocked the president’s long-held allegations that Steele was out to get him for political reasons, when the truth was that Trump’s daughter was friends with Steele. Republicans had previously alleged that the Steele dossier was an example of Democrats colluding with Russians to win the 2016 election.
“All you can say is now Christopher Steele has to be added to the long list of people who have been unfairly attacked and vilified by the president as being supposed political enemies,” said former acting-FBI director Andrew McCabe. “The simple fact is he has had a long — I read in one piece of reporting seven-year relationship, friendly relationship with Ivanka Trump. That is not the stuff that leads to someone out there plotting to overthrow the president or to try to drum up that information for that purpose.”
Cuomo agreed, wondering how throughout all of the speeches and attacks Trump has made that Ivanka never brought it up and defended Steele based on her relationship.
“The facts that do not fit the narrative are discarded and ignored,” said Baker. “That’s what we’ve been dealing with for several years. The president has a narrative and facts that don’t fit his narrative he’s discarded. That’s his reaction to the IG report, he’s making statements about how there was this attempted overthrow of the government, and there wasn’t. There are no facts to support that. Yet, he keeps repeating it. With Ivanka’s supposed relationship with Christopher Steele, it does not fit the narrative so it was not brought forward.”
Cuomo summed it all up by saying that the “bogus” claims were just another example of the “ugly politics” on full display from this White House.
“We’ve had two years, okay, of our president and his defenders saying, ‘It was all bogus, this Russia investigation. The way it was done — it was dirty, it was political bias,'” recalled Cuomo. “The only ugly politics being played are by him and arguably his attorney general.”
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NYC comptroller speaks after mother dies of COVID-19: ‘Donald Trump has my mom’s blood on his hands’
New York City comptroller Scott Stringer on Monday blamed President Donald Trump after his mother died from coronavirus complications.
"She believed in government and she raised us to believe in government," Stringer told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "She's got a great story and I'm going to tell it for the rest of my life."
"I've got to tell you, Donald Trump has blood on his hands and he has my mom's blood on his hands," the NYC official added. "And he sent us that hospital [ship] that's right here in New York harbor and no one can get on that hospital, which is something that is just outrageous."
New York morgue adding shelves to refrigerator trucks to hold additional bodies: report
CNN's Miguel Marquez reported this week that a morgue in New York is scrambling to find places to store dead bodies due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Marquez recently visited University Hospital of Brooklyn, where four patients with COVID-19 died in the 40 minutes he was there.
On Monday, Marquez told CNN's John Berman that the hospital's mortuary was taking extreme measures to hold the bodies.
"Right now, their morgue -- their regular morgue -- is overwhelmed," the CNN reporter explained. "They have two semi tractor trailer trucks. They are talking about added shelves to that. Because right now they have all of the bodies on the base of the truck."
Georgia Republican whines about media bias after CNN’s Sciutto busts his state’s governor for COVID-19 ignorance
CNN's Jim Sciutto on Monday grilled Georgia Lt. Gov. Jeff Duncan about Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's stunning ignorance about the coronavirus -- and Duncan responded by whining about the media being unfair.
Kemp last week said that he had just recently learned that it was possible to get infected by COVID-19 from people who had been infected with it but who showed no symptoms of the disease as they unwittingly spread it around to others.
Kemp's admission was shocking because medical professionals for weeks had been warning that asymptomatic people could spread the disease, and Sciutto asked Duncan why it had taken Kemp so long to realize the danger.